Bluff called over ‘bullyboy tactics’

A minor dispute between councillors of different political persuasion has now, it appears, escalated almost out of control. Two Liberal Democrat councillors who sit on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Cllrs Louie Hamblett and Mark Kenyon, raised issues against a senior Labour Party colleague, Dr Zahid Chauhan MBE, over the declaration of a conflict of interestContinue reading “Bluff called over ‘bullyboy tactics’”

Will ‘Boots’ toe the line over doctor’s proposed remedy?

The controversial outfall from a story first broken on Neil Wilby Media on 16th November, 2022 continues to spread far and wide. The article can be read in full here but, in essence, it was two Liberal Democrat councillors who sit on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (OMBC) complaining about a senior Labour councillor and allegedContinue reading “Will ‘Boots’ toe the line over doctor’s proposed remedy?”

Doctor loses patience over ‘smear’ campaign

On Monday 21st November, 2022 it was exclusively revealed, here on Neil Wilby Media, that lawyers acting for an Oldham general practitioner (GP) had issued letters warning of legal action to a Liberal Democrat councillor and one of the town’s two newspapers (read the article here). This followed the issue of a press release byContinue reading “Doctor loses patience over ‘smear’ campaign”

LibDems raise further transparency concerns at troubled council

In a short statement released yesterday evening, Oldham’s Liberal Democrats revealed exclusively that a company run by Cllr Zahid Chauhan MBE, the Borough Council’s current Deputy Mayor, and previous Cabinet Member for Health, received 14 separate payments over 9 separate months throughout 2021/22 totalling £637,042 from Oldham Council. Prior to the month of each payment,Continue reading “LibDems raise further transparency concerns at troubled council”

Will controversy again dog council meeting this evening?

The latest in a long running series of controversial Full Council meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council takes place this evening (2nd November, 2022) at the town’s Civic Centre this evening. A report from the last renewal on 7th September, 2022 can be read here. Talking points are likely to be headed by the ‘willContinue reading “Will controversy again dog council meeting this evening?”

No public inquiry in Oldham says Home Office

At a meeting of Full Council in Oldham last night it was heard, during an answer to a question from a member of the public, that the Home Office had replied to a letter from the local Liberal Democrats and turned down their request for a public inquiry into grotesque child sexual exploitation (CSE) failingsContinue reading “No public inquiry in Oldham says Home Office”

Oldham Council bosses’ ‘secret blacklist’

After recent chaotic council meetings, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council bosses have not only beefed up security, but also secretly blacklisted twelve people who are banned from attending council meetings. Liberal Democrat Councillor, Mark Kenyon (pictured above right), said, earlier today, in a short press release: “My colleague noticed security staff with a list of namesContinue reading “Oldham Council bosses’ ‘secret blacklist’”

Oldham Full Council meeting 7.9.22 – Live blog

For a link to the Agenda for this meeting – and some significant scene setting – please scroll down this page, a little way, to the Preamble posted yesterday afternoon. The latest updates will appear immediately below this opening paragraph and run back in time order. This is a format that has worked efficiently forContinue reading “Oldham Full Council meeting 7.9.22 – Live blog”

No Action Yet Taken Against CSE Failure Staff

Once again, it has fallen to the Oldham’s Liberal Democrats to make the discovery that, despite both Oldham Council’s and Greater Manchester Police’s assurances that processes to deal with child sexual exploitation (CSE) have changed extensively, they have also confirmed that no disciplinary actions have so far been taken with any staff still employed whoContinue reading “No Action Yet Taken Against CSE Failure Staff”

LibDems slam ‘new’ chief constable over taxi checks

Oldham’s Liberal Democrat Party has discovered that, despite Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council warning Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in December 2018 that the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check) wasn’t good enough for taxi licensing, the Council still haven’t had a promised response. The recent Assurance Review into historic CSE in Oldham found that GMP initiallyContinue reading “LibDems slam ‘new’ chief constable over taxi checks”